Dave Clark, the former Amazon consumer chief, will take over as CEO of the freight forwarding and customs broker startup Flexport from September 1, 2022.
Clark resigned Friday as CEO of Amazon’s global consumer division. His last day at the major tech company is July 1, after which he will join Flexport as co-CEO alongside current leader Ryan Peterson. Peterson, who founded the $8 billion supply chain startup in 2013, will assume the role of executive chairman six months after Clark joins. according to the current CEO†
Clark’s new role is a sign that Flexport hopes to evolve from a thriving startup to a major player in logistics at scale with other legacy companies. Peterson’s recent tweet suggests the same.
“During his 23-year tenure at Amazon, [Clark] worked his way from Amazon’s MBA rotational leadership program to CEO of Worldwide Consumer. In the process, he and his team have built much of their storied fulfillment, logistics and transportation network,” Peterson tweeted Wednesday. “Flexport is on track to become one of the world’s premier supply chain and logistics technology platforms. Given the magnitude of the opportunities ahead, Flexport does not need another leader. We still need an entrepreneur.”
Flexport provides digital freight forwarding and other supply chain management software tools with clear visibility, order management, customs clearance assistance, carbon offsets, freight insurance, trade strategy advice and more. Oh, and of course, piles and piles of data to make the startup itself better while improving customer capabilities.
Flexport has raised more than $2 billion from major investors including SoftBank, Shopify, Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund and Andreessen Horowitz.